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WMC new year programme     

Wales Millennium Centre, fresh from celebrating its first birthday last month, welcomes the New Year with a range of world class performances including ballet, musical, opera and dance.

As well as WMC's main auditorium, the Donald. Gordon Theatre, the smaller Weston Studio theatre will also play host to a range of diverse shows including comedy, drama and plenty of music which will satisfy anyone's appetite.

The second year at Wales Millennium Centre - a project supported by Lottery grant from the Millennium Commission and a direct grant from the Welsh Assembly Government - builds upon the philosophy established in the first year of making entertainment accessible to all and providing audiences with world class performances at reasonable prices.

Kicking off the New Year in style in the Donald Gordon Theatre is the musical Footloose 5-14 January, based on the popular 80s movie, which starred Kevin Bacon. This show is packed full of electrifying dancing and classic 80's hits including Holding Out For A Hero, Almost Paradise, Let's Hear It For The Boy and the title track Footloose.

Max Boyce will bring his legendary songs and stories back to WMC for one night only on Saturday 28 January following unprecedented public demand.

February will take us into WNO's busy spring season, which will start with Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, followed by Wagner's The Flying Dutchman featuring Bryn Terfel and ending with Handel's Jeptha in March.

Paco Pe_a's new show, Flamenco in Concert, will provide WMC with the best of present day flamenco on 7-8 March which will then take us on to Matthew Bourne's new adaptation of the classic Tim Burton film Edward Scissorhands 14-18 March. Tim Burton's much loved film became an instant hit in 1990 launching Johnny Depp onto the global scene in the eponymous role.

Bourne is also choreographing WMC's summer hit musical My Fair Lady, which will grace The Donald Gordon Theatre for three weeks in July/August. The cast will include Christopher Cazenove as Higgins, Russ Abbot as Doolittle and Honor Blackman as Mrs. Higgins.

On 19 March, Carl Davis will conduct a live orchestra to accompany the screening of three short Charlie Chaplin film gems, under the banner The Mutuals. Dance will Rumble the audience on the 25-26 March with a hip hop version of Romeo & Juliet by streetwise German dance company, Renegade, as part of a weekend long celebration of youth culture and urban arts.

Other top-class shows to look out for from April onwards will include Anything Goes, Starlight Express, Kremerata Baltica, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Jerry Springer the Opera.

Wales Millennium Centre also has a dedicated season at the Weston Studio including comedy performances by Lee Mack and Sue Perkins, dance by Earthfall and Ricochet Dance Productions as well as theatre productions such as Little d-fects' 'Crush' and Sitting Pretty's 'Banshee's'.


Footloose 5 - 14 January 2006 £5-£29
Footloose tells the story of city boy Ren who moves. to small town America where
dancing is banned! All hell breaks loose as Ren rebels and soon has the whole town on
its feet... Pulsating with energy this fast paced musical gets audiences on their feet. So
get ready to "cut loose - Footloose!"

Max Boyce 28 January £20-£25
Following Max Boyce's recent BBC TV series, 'A Lifetime of Laughter' there has been an unprecedented public demand from all parts of the country for an 'Evening with Max Boyce'. This merely confirms this legendary entertainer's enduring appeal and the affection in which he is held by both young and old alike.

The Marriage of Figaro 11, 18, 28 February £5-£
The Marriage of Figaro is one of the most perfect of all operas, containing some of Mozart's best-loved music.

The Flying Dutchman SOLD OUT 17, 22, 25 February, 1 & 3 March £5-£35
Welsh National Opera's The Flying Dutchman promises to be a focused, powerful and intense experience. This early Wagnerian masterpiece signalled the composer's fascination with combining epic myths and dramatic music.

Jephta 2 & 4 March £5-£35
Jephtha is Handel's last oratorio - one of his supreme masterpieces containing some of his finest vocal and choral writing. In Summer 2003, WNO mounted the first staged production of Jephtha in many years. These opening performances were hailed as revelatory by critics, and audiences alike.

Paco Pena - Flamenco in Concert 7 - 8 March £5-£22
Paco Pena started his company of dancers, singers and guitarists with the aim of presenting to the public the art of flamenco as it really is, or as it was and remains for someone born and bred in the middle of its development in Andalucia, southern Spain.

Edward Scissorhands 14 - 18 March £5-£29
A treat for all the family, this touching and witty gothic fairytale tells the story of a boy created by an eccentric inventor who dies leaving him alone and unfinished. Left with only scissors for hands, Edward must find his place in a strange new suburban world where the well meaning community struggle to see past his strange appearance to the innocence and gentleness within.

The Mutuals 19 March £5-£22
Charlie Chaplin entered movies in 1914 and in 1916 signed a contract with the Mutual Film Corporation. Mutual built Chaplin his very own studio and allowed him total freedom to make twelve, short two-reel films. This evening will feature screenings of three of the best of The Mutuals - Behind The Screen, Easy Street and The Adventurer, to live musical accompaniment conducted by Carl Davis, who has written new music for all of The Mutuals films.

Renegade presents: Rumble 25 - 26 March £7.50-£15
This is a hip-hop version of Romeo & Juliet by a very young, very streetwise German dance company. The weekend will include locking, popping and breaking workshops.


Anything Goes 3 - 8 April £5-£29
From the golden age of the American musical, Anything Goes is a dazzling, high energy comedy packed with classic Cole Porter numbers. A luxury liner - the S.S American - is heading for England with stowaway Billy Crocker, who is pursuing Hope Harcourt, the debutante flanc6e of English aristocrat Lord Oakleigh. Amid the romance, Mo6nface Martin, the raunchy Reno Sweeney and a smattering of doltish FBI agents add high farce to this sparkling musical comedy.

Starlight Express 10 - 29 April £10-£35
Starlight Express, the fastest show on earth, rolls into a station near you with its first ev, er UK tour after an amazing 18 years in London's West End. Simply light years ahead of the rest, this futuristic tale of the triumph of love and hope in the face of adversity is a feel-good musical with something for everyone; including over 20 of Andrew Lloyd Webber's greatest songs and all the thrills and spills of roller-racing action.

Krernerata Baltica 23 April £10-£30
Launched in 1997, Kremerata Baltica has been able to draw on the vast musical experience of its founder, Gidon Kremer, and the talent of the finest young musicians in the Baltic States to establish itself as one of the most innovative ensembles playing today. Here they perform a characteristically well-constructed programme of Mozart (Gidon will perform Mozart's Second Violin Concerto, K211 in D major), Shostakovich and Michael Nyman.

Ladysmith Black Marnbazo, 9 June £5-£24
Regarded as South Africa's cultural emissaries, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will take centre stage for one night only in June. The singers have already accompanied Nelson Mandela to various events and are a national treasure of the new South Africa in part because they embody the traditions suppressed in the old South Africa.

Jerry Springer the Opera 12 - 17 June £5-£29
This smash-hit multi-award winning musical, which opened to unprecedented rave reviews and standing ovations at the National Theatre, comes to the Wales Millennium Centre direct from its sell out run in the West End. This is your only chance to see the funniest, most groundbreaking and talked about musical ever, including members of the original West End cast.


Lee Mack – LIVE 15 January £121£10

A dry humour and a very funny man with a string of awards to his name including the
BAFTA 2001 Time Out Comedy Award and British Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2001.
He was also nominated for the Perrier Award in 2000. Not just limited to stand-up, he, aiso
starred in ITV's hit comedy 'The Sketch Show.'

Little d-fects ‘Crush’ 7 March £8/£6
Based on Jane ,Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility' Crush follows two sisters as they join the craziness of 1980’s London. Little d-fects bring their “fresh easily accessible style” (Hairline 2004) to this classic tale, combining theatre, dance and music to make this an exhilarating and extraordinary version of a well-loved story.

Ricochet Dance Productions present 'Man & Woman' 9 March £12/£10
International designer John Napier's sculptural set provides a shifting surface for Fin Walker's choreography in a daring and emotional new work for Ricochet Dance Productions.

Heaven Scent - The History of the Welsh Songstress 10 March £7/£5
Based on interviews with Women from across Wales who have been singers and, or, songwriters from the 1930's onwards, Cheryl Beer introduces us to a history that has remained strangely silent. In her unique and inimitable style, she enchants the audience with song, story and poetry.

India Dance Wales 'Natya Kaia' - The Art of Dance 11 - 12 March £10/£8
Natya Kala will be exploring the harmonisation of the two very different art-forms of 13harata Natyarn (Classical Indian Dance) choreographed by Kiran Ratna and Western music ensemble including Mezzo Soprano Philippa Reeves.

Vincent Dance Theatre 'Broken Chords' 14 March £12/£10 Following the sell out success of Punch Drunk, Vincent Dance Theatre's new production, Broken Chords, is a reflection on growing older and growing up for eight multi-talented performers.

Spectacle Theatre 'Friends for Dinner' 15 - 16 March £6/£4.50
Written for children ages 5 - 7, 'Friends for Dinner'is a colourful, funny story that follows the adventures of three little aliens who land on a strange planet.

Red Shift Theatre Co. 'Get Carter' (Adult Drama) 17 - 18 March £12/£10
Get Carter is a provocative, shocking, perfectly structured tale of twentieth century sin, revenge and redemption. Red.Shift presents Ted Lewis' brutal 70's story with a stunning soundtrack featuring classic hits from The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and more. Jonathan Holloway's adaptation will be the first stage version of the book that launched the cult movie.

Earth fall 'At Swim' 23 - 25 March £10 /£8
by Jamie O'Neill's award-winning novel about the developing love between two boys
AT SWIM TWO BOYS is Earthfall at their most extreme, emotionally and physically
With live music, film and breathtaking choreography.

Huw Warren - This is Now! 6 April £10/£8
This is Now! fuses jazz and new music in an unique, eclectic and compelling exploration of modern Wales. With new text in welsh by Aled Jones Williams, freestyling from Nobsta Nuts
and the virtuoso improvising of guitarist John Parricelli. This is now! features an all Welsh ensemble combining musicians based in the north and south of the country.

Sue Perkins 'Spectacle wearer of the year' 7 April £12/£10
Total sell-out Edinburgh fringe 2005. In the Autumn of 1988, Sue Perkins got onto a stage to perform her first ever stand up routine. She was interrupted, mid flow, by a girl called Mel. For the next seventeen years this pair developed their unique comic formula: Shouting + bad impressions + jumping up and down = Mel and Sue. Now, Sue comes to the Weston studio to finish what she started that night.

`The Children' by Edward Bond 8 April £tbc
The Mid Powys Youth Theatre and Theatr Powys embark on their fourth and most extraordinary collaboration. Joe and his friends have left home. They embark on a journey and find themselves in a landscape of catastrophe. The children are the only ones who can save themselves and replace revenge with justice; anger with care.

Sitting Pretty Theatre 'Banshee's' 10 April 1 £t1bc
What is a Banshee? Is it a Jungian symbol of longing, lament and desire? Or a sinister archetype perpetuated by a hierarchy. If so, to what end? Sitting Pretty Theatre presents a vast, dark landscape in which myth reigns supreme, leaving mere mortals to fend for themselves..

North Wales Stage 'Theatr Fireuddwydion' 11 - 12 April £101£8
This will be a musical based upon the journey of a group of Manchester United fans from North Wales to Barcelona for the 1999 European Cup final when Manchester United won triple. Scripted by Dewi Rhys in conjunction with Dyfrig Evans, this promises to be a spectacular show which will play in front of the backdrop of the game - a show of two halves!

For ticket bookings: Please contact the WMC ticket and information office on 08700 40 2000 or visit the website on
Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL

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